Earlier this month news agencies around the world began releasing stories based on the largest leak of documents ever, the Panama Papers (https://panamapapers.icij.org/). The data visualization tool that journalists used to uncover connections between people, accounts, shell companies, and assets in this massive data set originated at the Humanities + Design (http://hdlab.stanford.edu) research lab in Stanford’s Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis (http://cesta.stanford.edu) — a product of humanities thinking applied to network analysis.
Stanford University Library’s Department of Special Collections has completed processing for two major collections: the Helen and Newton Harrison Papers and the William Hewlett Papers. The two projects were supported with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, respectively.
Our Preservation Week posts continue today with Lucy Castro and Caleb Cochran from the Binding and Finishing unit. Our Binding and Finishing team prepares the general collection print and media materials for shelving, reformatting, and commercial bindery. Their work helps prolong the useful life of our circulating collections.
For more information about Preservation Week including resources, quick tips, and free webinars visit the American Library Association’s Preservation Week site.
This week, libraries around the country will share preservation tips and stories for the American Library Association’s annual Preservation Week. You can find preservation resources, quick tips, and free webinars on the Preservation Week site covering the spectrum of collection care from textiles to personal digital archives. We will spend this week meeting some of the people that support preservation and conservation activities across Stanford Libraries. Team members from Preservation, Digital Library Systems and Services, and Special Collections have answered five questions about themselves and their work on the long-term care of our books, archives, audio-visual resources, and born-digital files.
The latest news from the Swain Library covers the following topics:
- Catalysis Resources
- Keep Current with journal literature
- Green Pocketbook
- Chemists Celebrate Earth Day - The Great Indoors: Your Homes Ecosystem
- Household Products Database
Aimed at providing news as quick info bytes, each topic is covered in a PowerPoint slide. This format enables us to easily re-use this content in a digital sign at the library. Please see: Swain Library News - 22 April 2016
Happy Earth Day 2016!
This month, Stanford Libraries posted two new videos on its YouTube channel. They are targeted for new undergraduate students, and have been introduced this term to the Program in Writing and Rhetoric (PWR) students, who come to the library for workshops on information literacy. These videos are part of the department of Learning and Outreach's effort to "flip the classroom".
For your browsing pleasure, here are the Spring 2016 highlights of newly acquired collections available at the Archive of Recorded Sound.
A guest post from one of our Road & Track project archivists, Beaudry Allen:
There is always something unexpected to find when processing a collection. You do not have to be a car aficionado or even know the first thing about cars to at least have a slight remembrance of the car in film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. While the memories evoked by the car may be its ability to fly or float in water, the car was based on the legendary Brooklands cars of Count Louis Vorow Zborowski. Zborowski was a famous 1920s English racing driver and automobile engineer known for building his own race cars, some of which were called “Chitty Bang Bang.” Ian Fleming was influenced by Zborowski’s engineered car and its eccentricities when he wrote the famed children’s story of the same name. When the 1968 film adaptation started, mock-ups were built in the Edwardian-style. They actually worked, but apparently in the style of the day the cars only had brakes on the rear wheels, which meant that there were no brakes if you went in reverse. So the car may not be safe for the road today - but certainly one for memory lane.
The Road & Track collection is currently being processed, but a portion of the archive is available. A preliminary guide is available here: